Monday, April 21, 2008

What a blast!!!

Who knew that running a 10 k with almost 60,000 people could be sooooo much fun! We should really get out more right?!

April 19th
When we got to the hotel, we were all a tiny bit apprehensive. It wasn't in the most amazing area, you understand...and outside stood a tall sketchy looking dude...but it was all good once we walked through the doors, clean, safe, warm, comfy. I know Ange wondered about the safety of her car in the parking garage that smelled of urine but we came back the next day to find it all still safe and sound so all was well on that front too.

Cue the fun self portraits that mostly say, "yay we have an evening alone! No kids, no responsibilities..."

We went for a huge dinner complete with wine. You should really ignore all the pre-running rules and apply almost all the girls weekend rules when you go for the sunrun.

Moranda walked us down memory lane after dinner as we re-lived her romantic proposal 10 years ago...

So romantic! Obviously she was deliriously excited...

And Ange braved a dangerous roped off area for us...

Yes, we are wild and crazy gals! (Why was that roped off? What was so dangerous?)

We headed back to the hotel and tried to get some sleep but I was so excited I hardly slept at all. I'm not sure why... (read comment above about needing to get out more!)

April 20th
Here we are! Out standing in the starting crowds, ready to run. It was freezing out and...

We're looking up in disbelief, Yes they really are going to ask us to do aerobics in the cold with thousands of other people first thing in the morning!

It was a great warm up but I did feel like it was 1991 again.

....after a rousing national anthem, we were off!

There are no photos of this part for obvious reasons. It's hard to run, breath and take photos. As it was Moranda and I couldn't keep up to Angela. Go, Ange, go!
We didn't see her again until BC Place. She beat us by almost 3 minutes too! GO ANGE!

Our times were:
Angela 50:07
Shalagh 52:56
Moranda 52:57

The course was not too hard and the weather was perfect. It was amazing to see all the people in front and behind us - wow! And there were so many standing on the street, braving the cold cheering us all on. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait until next year!

Here we are enjoying our post race goodies in BC Place...

And then? We went shopping of course, and for lunch!


InTheFastLane said...

Combining Girl Weekend with running? What could be better? Looks like an awesome time!

Kellan said...

Congrats to all you girls! What fun and what great pictures of all the fun!!

Have a good day - Kellan

maggie, dammit said...

Wow, this is so impressive and inspirational.

I started a running program two months ago and this Sunday is my first race, an 8k. I'm TERRIFIED. But, this is Wisconsin, so there's beer at the finish line. I'm just going to keep my eye on the prize and hope I survive. ;)

Amy said...

You got an awesome time - congrats. It sounds like the whole event was awesome. I can't imagine being surrounded by that many runners. I wish I had a some running friends around here.

Lori said...

I'm telling you... you really need to consider trekking to Spokane and running Bloomsday someday! That too is an experience!

Way to go girls!!

LoriD said...

I love the idea of doing a run and a girls weekend all at once. It looks like you had a blast!

Steph said...

I need running buddies like you all here in DC!

TheVasquez3 said...

ya know, that REALLY does look like fun...even the running part! ;)

i love all the ics of you and your much fun!

congrats on your times...AWESOME!

Becky said...

I'm dying over the picture in the roped off area. If I was smart enough, I'd put it on my desktop. It makes me laugh.

Haley-O said...

Woooooo!!! Congratulations! Looks like you had SUCH a fun time!!!

Chey said...

Whoot whoot I'm so proud of you!!!!

It looks like you all had SO much fun!!

You have sure done awesome with the running!!

Sniz said...

Oh my goodness! How much fun you had! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great, fun post complete with pictures! I totally got the sense of how you felt the entire time. You rock, girl!
TTYS - Sniz

Sissy said...

I am proud of you. I could not run that far at all! It really looks like you had a good time.

Family Adventure said...

That looks amazing! I'd love to do it one year. Good times, too!!! :)


the mama bird diaries said...

That looks awesome. So glad you had such a fun weekend.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

You guys have way too much fun! Looks like a terrific weekend and terrific job on the run.
Oh, Brent did tell me that you called, I will be in touch this weekend.
Love you,

Big Doofus said...

To answer your question:

Why was that roped off? What was so dangerous?

It probably had something to do with the urine.